One of the joys about creating art work is the process and the feeling that the artist has contributed to that whole process, by choosing surfaces to be painted on through to its preparation, painting and final resting place in its frame for viewing. We strive to use the best quality materials and steer towards Windsor and Newton paints and mediums.
At CASO Art Services, we have introduced the very old and traditional method of painting onto prepared wood panels (click here for some history of panel painting), found as early as the 6th century Byzentine period, and preferred by artists such as Rubens and at times Rembrant, rather than canvas. It is a technique more recently introduced to us and used by Peter Wileman FROI RSMA FRSA, President of the Royal Institute of Marine Artists. The method invloves cutting and preparing 6mm wood panels to a selected size and from there sealing and preparing the panel in a 3 stage process, invloving three coats of sealant of primer and an important ingredient added to give tooth to the texture using Plaster of Paris or an equivelent you would find in your own country.
Brushing techniques with this mixture gives the panel a uniquely ready surface to paint onto. With the last mix we often add an acryllic colour depending upon the artist's subject matter on that particular panel. The preparation process takes about 2 days to complete, but the results are a glorious surface to paint onto offering either a super smooth or toothy foundational surface for the artist to be inspired with. We are thrilled with the results.
Most of our paintings are fixed into floating frames by adding wood batterns to the rear of the panel, which enables securing onto the frame and strengthens the panel.
We leave the back of the painted panel free for it to breath and each painting is signed on the front and reverse. We also add an official Certificate of Authenticity to the reverse.
At the time of purchase customers are given a description of the work with the date of completion, title, artist name and additional information regarding the inclusion or absence of varnish. It is our view that many of our original art work does not require varnishing, however some have been varnished to bring an extra enhancement to the painting.
Important to us, is the preparation for despatch, by placing the work in bespoke carboard packing containers, wrapped in bubble wrap with added protection.
We are very proud of our completed products and take a great deal of care, as the artist has done, to ensure you are pleased with your purchase. We are also constantly working to improve and enhance our studio techniques.